The HBS Rock 100 is a dynamic and highly interactive bi-annual event for our rising alumni entrepreneurs. Catch a glimpse of the energy and excitement of the inaugural Summit in 2014 here.

Rock 100: The Summit Video

Summit leadership

HBS Chairs

Honorary Chairs

Advisory Board Members

Small-Group Discussion Leaders

  • Lynda Applegate, Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration
  • Jeffrey Bussgang, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
  • Frank Cespedes, MBA Class of 1973 Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
  • Joseph Fuller, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
  • Shikhar Ghosh, Senior Lecturer, Mel Tukman Faculty Fellow
  • Richard Hamermesh, MBA Class of 1961 Professor of Management Practice
  • Felda Hardymon, MBA Class of 1975 Professor of Management Practice
  • Gordon Jones, Director, Harvard Innovation Lab
  • William Kerr, Associate Professor of Business Administration
  • Rakesh Khurana, Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development
  • Karim Lakhani, Lumry Family Associate Professor of Business Administration
  • Eric Paley, Managing Partner, Founder Collective; HBS Entrepreneur-in-Residence
  • Ruben Pinchanski, Entrepreneur Fellow, Catalyst Partners; HBS Entrepreneur-in-Residence
  • Matthew Rhodes-Kropf, Associate Professor of Business Administration
  • Mike Roberts, Senior Lecturer
  • Rudina Seseri, Partner, Fairhaven Capital; HBS Entrepreneur-in-Residence
  • Howard Stevenson, Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus

Participant Directory

See who attended


Related recommended reading lists

Hand-picked resources for the questions and concerns raised by the Rock 100 founders at the Summit can be found at the links below:

B2B Marketing

B2C Marketing

Building Brand

Building Teams/Culture

Distribution Channels/Strategic Partners

Don't be Shark Bait - Protecting your Financial Upside as an Entrepreneur

Early Stage Financing

Early-Mid Stage Financing

Go Big or Go Home

Going from Good to Great

Life as an Entrepreneur

Managing for Disruption

Organization Building

Pivot Perils

Scaling Operations

Actionable insights

A number of fabulous insights were shared in our group discussion series.

Managing for disruption

“If you're going to be a disrupter, be a stealth disrupter. Defer revenue, don't be obvious you’re growing too fast. And don't do press or PR — No bragging! You don't want to wake the sleeping giant.”

Built to Flip?

“If you want to look attractive to an acquirer, [ask yourself] what would it take to make our company sucessful in their context. Make it easy for them … We restructured ourselves before we were acquired into to different business units and all of a sudden we made sense to them.”